Macie McNaughton, at just 14 years old, is an eager and upcoming dirt bike rider who enjoyed Saturday’s skill session at Stony Creek. MS374316

Macie McNaughton, at just 14 years old, is an eager and upcoming dirt bike rider who enjoyed Saturday’s skill session at Stony Creek. MS374316

Women learnt basic bike handling skills during the day, and also were given the opportunity to ride around in the mud and have fun. MS384316

Women learnt basic bike handling skills during the day, and also were given the opportunity to ride around in the mud and have fun. MS384316

MORE than 30 women pulled on their gloves and helmets on Saturday, October 22 to take part in a ladies only dirt bike skills session out at Stony Creek.
The brainchild of Phoebe Snell, the skills session was designed to encourage more women to take part in the sport.
“It is a traditionally male-dominated sport, so it’s great to see more girls getting involved and giving it a go,” Phoebe said.
“It’s been a great day. I was surprised with the big turnout, considering it’s raining this weekend. But there’s been lots of women turn up today, which is great for the sport.”
A campfire was burning brightly to keep everyone who was not riding nice and warm, until it was their turn to jump on a bike and tear around the muddy paddock.
Property owner Peter Boyle said he was happy to donate the use of his land for the day.
“It’s great to see so many women out here giving it a go, learning some new skills,” Peter said.
“It would be great to make this event a really regular thing.”
Macie McNaughton, who at the tender age of 14, was one of the youngest participants in the skills session.
“I’m learning so much today, it’s heaps of fun,” Macie said.
“I’ve been riding for about a year. I had an accident at the beginning of this year, so I’ve been slowly getting my confidence back.
“Today’s been really supportive and helpful with my confidence levels.”
“There are a lot of newcomers here today,” Phoebe said.
“Today has been great for everyone. We’ve covered a lot of different bike riding skills, and it’s also an opportunity for women to build their confidence and to just get out and have a ride!”